Johannesburg - Four Junior Springboks - Wandisile Simelane (centre), Jeanluc Cilliers (fullback), Reinhard Nothnagel (lock) and Len Massyn (No 8) - have been contracted by the Lions Rugby Company (Pty) Ltd.
Rudolf Straeuli, CEO of the union, commented: “We aim to develop players and keep key junior players in the system. That is vital to our succession plan.”
Other key players from the winning Under-19 and Under-21 teams in 2016 have also renewed their contracts, ensuring sustainability throughout the junior and senior procurement.
They are: Bradley Thain, Eddie Fouché, HP van Schoor, Jan-Louis la Grange, Leo Kruger, Siya Masuku and Tyreeq February.
To secure top Under-19 players for 2018 has also been a key objective for the Lions Rugby Company.
Bart Schoeman, high performances manager for the union, elaborated: “Ensuring the signing of top players from our local schools have been the main aim this year. Only after signing ‘home-grown’ players in key positions did we go out to fill the gaps with the next best”.
“We have a few negotiations still outstanding but are proud to welcome the following players to the Lions Rugby family.”
Cristen van Niekerk
Wihan de Beer